AFC Champions League: Beijing and SIPG reap no goals as Jeonbuk lose to Buriram
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Beijing Guoan, who re-branded themselves as Beijing FC in the 2019 AFC Champions League, dominated but could only draw with Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan in the second match in Group G on Wednesday at home.

Beijing lost to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 3-1 in their opening match last week, while Urawa Reds had eased past Buriram United with a 3-0 victory.

The capital side started with all four overseas players on the field, and local hitman Zhang Yuning partnering Cedric Bakambu up front.

Bakambu wasted a good opportunity on the 18th minute as his attempt from a tight angle went wide with goalkeeper Nishikawa Shusaku well beaten.

The Beijing side's Jonathan Viera's long-range strike after the break was palmed away before Renato Augusto's free-kick also tested Shusaku.

Renato Augusto of Beijing FC competes for the ball during the AFC Champions League match against Urawa Red Diamonds at Workers' Stadium in Beijing, China, March 13, 2019. /VCG Photo

Renato Augusto of Beijing FC competes for the ball during the AFC Champions League match against Urawa Red Diamonds at Workers' Stadium in Beijing, China, March 13, 2019. /VCG Photo

In the dying minutes, Viera's curler rattled the woodwork and Bakambu had the ball in the net but his goal was disallowed for offside.

The draw, coupled with Buriram United's stunning 1-0 win over Jeonbuk Motors, puts Beijing bottom of Group G with one point, while Urawa Reds currently sit top.

SIPG suffer loss

On the same day, Shanghai SIPG suffered a 1-0 loss in the match against Ulsan Hyundai FC in the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Park Yong-woo of Ulsan Hyundai competes for the ball with Elkeson Cardoso of Shanghai SIPG during the AFC Champions League Group H match at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, ROK, March 13, 2019. /VCG Photo

Park Yong-woo of Ulsan Hyundai competes for the ball with Elkeson Cardoso of Shanghai SIPG during the AFC Champions League Group H match at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, ROK, March 13, 2019. /VCG Photo

Junior Negrao of Ulsan was the only goal scorer as the substitute headed in from Kim Bo-kyung's corner in the 67th minute.

Ulsan topped the Group H with one win and one draw.

Meanwhile, J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale bounced back from their opening round loss against Shanghai SIPG to record a 1-0 win over Sydney FC in Group H thanks to a late Manabu Saito goal.

China had two draws and two losses after four matches on the second matchday.

(With inputs from agencies)